I was over the moon to be sent
the dyson Animal small ball, we have a dog that leaves a trail of hair wherever she
goes, so we were ready to put this model to the test!
A photo posted by Karen (@missingsleep) on Jan 8, 2016 at 10:53am PST
Standing next to our previous
vacuum (the DC25) you can see it’s on a much smaller scale, the handle retracts
(as shown in the picture) so it takes up much less room to store. But it is easy enough to resize it when
you’re ready to vacuum.
It’s a great size for carrying up and down stairs (only
weighing 5.5kg), so much more manageable than its predecessor. I know people who invest in an upstairs
vacuum and a downstairs one to save on the lifting but it makes economic sense
to get one decent lighter vacuum, then moving it between floors is not such an
Although do not let the size deceive you this vacuum has
ALL the powerful dyson suction you could ever need. Usually with smaller products you might expect a reduction in
performance but this is definitely not the case here.
The cable was notably longer than that of our DC25, I made
hubbie do a comparison and stretch them both out! I did not expect that from a smaller vacuum but that’s what I
love about the small ball it pleasantly surprises you at every turn. This model has a surprisingly long cleaning
reach including the cable and the wand and hose extend to 12.96m, which is a
remarkable 45% longer compared to the Dyson DC50 upright vacuum.
The cleaner head is more compact but I like this as it
means I can get into smaller spaces without moving as much furniture (lazy
vacuuming for the win!). The tank
capacity is also smaller there is no getting around that, but I find that the dust
and hair gets compacted anyway so you do not have to empty too regularly for it
to be a concern.
It’s very sophisticated; I really
like how the cleaner head automatically adjusts between carpets and hard
floors. When I used to manually do it I
tended to forget, then I would lose suction moving from the hard floor to the
rug and end up with lots of dust/dirt/hair all over it! For me that feature is a huge plus point,
how many parents have a million things on their minds, remembering to keep
adjusting your cleaner head is not one of our main priorities. We could all do with a clever little small
ball in our lives.
It is very easy to steer, as the
ball is not enclosed, it can move freely without constraint. I am not ever going to say I enjoy housework
but Dyson certainly make it more bearable. I thought the living room was quite clean but the small ball still managed to pick up quite a lot of additional dust, being asthmatic its important to keep allergens under control.
It’s quieter than our vacuum of old; it has been
re-engineered to reduce sound. My mum
bless her actually sweeps her kitchen because she does not like the noise of
her older Dyson model on the hard flooring.
I think I might see how my mum gets on with the Animal small ball as
apparently 30% less noise is generated.
But for me when you have children anything quieter and more peaceful is
The Dyson Animal Small Ball is available to buy from the Dyson website for £400.